Inspire pupils for future careers

On behalf of the Belfast Special Schools Business Education Partnership, Business in the Community was delighted to arrange an interactive careers event for 150 students from six schools at St Gerard’s Education Resource Centre. The aim of this event was to inspire these students who have a range of learning difficulties and physical disabilities to see the options open to them to transition from school to employment or further training. The emphasis was very much on a ‘hands on’ approach, which may have ignited a spark of interest in something new, or reinforced a career option already considered. Teachers also had the chance to meet employers and be inspired about the variety of possibilities for their students in the future; finding out about transition options for education, training or employment. There were three zones; Careers Carousel; Spaghetti Marshmallow Challenge hosted by JP Corry and STEM Workshop hosted by student teachers from Stranmillis University College.

Peter Colligan, JP Corry Human Resources Director was delighted to support the event:

“With skills development becoming increasingly important, this event was a great way to expose local young people to career options in the STEM sector. The workshops are a fun, hands-on approach to get young people thinking about STEM in a creative way. The variety of challenges makes it an engaging experience for the students, which helps develop their skills and increase their interest in a STEM career.”

Our thanks go to all who supported this event: JP Corry, Stranmilis University, Belfat City Council, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, Bombardier, CAFRE, C&J Gormley Soccer School, Dr. B’s, Fablab, Giga Training, National Trust, Springvale Learning and PSNI.